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dozens of detainees being force fed and fresh claims of sexual abuse by guards at guantanamo bay it's where a mass hunger strike is now entering its. american leaders to condemn what he calls u.s. intimidation tactics threatening to close america's embassy was refused access to europe. and parts of egypt exploded in jubilation after the ousting of mohamed morsy some of the president's top aides are arrested but fears of clashes between the army.
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thank you for joining us this morning here on our. just after eleven am on friday. facility is now entering its sixth month nearly two thirds of inmates have joined in the protest against alleged mistreatment and detention without trial it's the largest strike in the camps eleven year history military doctors now force feeding forty five detainees to try and keep them alive this highly controversial practice has been condemned around the world but is still being defended by certain u.s. officials. picks up the story. calls for the u.s.
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to stop force feeding guantanamo hunger strikers the practice is against international law and is seen by many as a form of torture and here is one thing first the guards strap the detainee down to a chair like this one then they put a mask over his face so that the detainee can't move bite or spit then the nurse snakes the feeding tube into nasal cavity the feeding tube which is roughly the size of a pen and ink cartridge or this or this is not an actual feeding tube but it gives you an idea here and this area is very rich endings and patients report extreme pain during the procedure and the nurse pushes the tube further down the throat creating a tightness that makes breathing difficult at that point patients typically feel pressure on their chest along some say it feels like they were drowning then the staff tapes the troop to the detainees know so that they can bite or swallow it and then two cans of nutritional substances are being funneled
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through the tube now we rode to guantanamo and asked whether they use an anesthetic for this seemingly painful procedure here's the response typically not however it is a low ball if the detainees requests it mostly take these prefer to use standard all of world to lubricate the two. us of officials are trying to make it sound like it's not as bad but here is how one of the detainees a yemeni man somewhere in a jailhouse on the bell describes what force feeding actually feels like i will never forget the first time they passed a feeding tube up my nose i can't describe how painful it is to be force fed this way as it was thrust and it made me feel like throwing up i wanted to vomit but i couldn't there was getting in my chest throat and stomach i had never experienced such pain before i would not wish this cruel punishment upon anyone we also asked the kuantan official how many detainees resist the procedure and how many give their consent to it and he went back saying the majority of the days when his
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report completely and do not resist detainees are given a choice to eat a hot meal drink the liquid near train to or be entrails fed all the detainees see the choice differently take a listen to. when they come to force me into the chair if i refuse to be tied up they call the team so i have no choice either i can exercise my right to protest my detention and be beaten up or i can submit to pay in full force feeding for most people these detainees are out of sight out of mind as sudden as it is they say physical suffering is the only way for the world to draw the world's attention to their plight we can't hear their voices but here's what they write i'm doing this because i want to know my destiny i cannot abide not knowing anymore i just hope that because of the pain we are suffering the eyes of the world will once again look to guantanamo before it is too indefinite detention is the worst form of torture. respect us or kill us it's your choice the u.s.
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must take off its mask and kill us the obama administration doesn't want inmates to die but neither is it in a rush to give the detainees their lives back in washington i'm going to check out . and the way the medical personnel treat detainees virtually amounts to malpractise and that's the view of dr frank on all of the regime which the joint task force for guantanamo has written for the cleveland of these people requires truly abusive care and also is it involves the use of medicines which are dangerous they are not allowed to behave like doctors and are compelled by the military hierarchy to behave like jailers in particular several of them have commented to me through their lawyers that when they are asked to doctors for example to stop the environmental manipulation which leaves them
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freezing. or we keep them for various disturbances the doctor says they have no power to do it and as one of them's one of the hunger strikers what is the point of a doctor like right and i want to detainees has written a letter to his lawyer claiming that he and other inmates are being sexually assaulted by guards this during full body cavity searches every time they leave and enter their cells before might get most god terry holbrooke's he says some stuff has been mistreating the detainees in order to try and get revenge for the attacks of nine eleven. could be thrown in the toilet or thrown on the ground or mistreated in some other form cetera that happened often and aggressive searches of detainees first and that happened as well if there are motivation behind it i would say that that somewhere in the bridge occasion of the american society we led the
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soldiers to believe. in abusing detainees it's going to somehow even the score for nine eleven there are soldiers in the army in the navy air force marines and cetera who think that if they kill an arab they mistreat a muslim if they abuse a detainee it's going to somehow balance the score for nine eleven and it really difficult to step back and realize nothing is going to bring those people back to life. and amid mounting public and legal pressure barack obama has appointed a new envoy in charge of closing guantanamo bay a cliff with sloan he's already two at the prison but has made no detailed statements on how well when he attends to shut it down meanwhile though barack obama has come under fresh fire for not using his own authority to end the notorious history. as aussies are going to go now reports as president i have tried to close gitmo i transferred sixty seven detainees to other countries before congress imposed restrictions to effectively prevent us from
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either transferring detainees to other countries or imprisoning them here in the united states. these restrictions make no such this statement coming from the person many referred to as the most powerful man in the world may sound sincerely frustrated but many believe it has little honesty to it that one has been blocking obvious he's been claiming that he can't do anything that simply not true he's operating a droll assassination program claiming he has the power to do that is present the united states and yet somehow he's claiming that he doesn't have the power to close down a military prison and she's the commander in chief of the united states armed forces is not a bit strange they fishel and most often cited reason for not releasing prisoners even the eighty six cleared of all charges they have no place to go especially the so-called indefinite detainees terror suspects considered too dangerous to read go
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but impossible to try in either civil or military court largely because the evidence supporting claims of their terror activity has allegedly been received through torture and interrogation which cannot be used as evidence in court the very existence of these men was shrouded in secrecy with the u.s. officially revealing their identities only several weeks back after they'd been entertainment for years another sign the u.s. isn't really considering starting down the prison is the amount of money poured into get from the jail is a record setter dubbed by some as the most expensive jail in history annual process of the base operation runs at just over one hundred fifty million dollars it means nine hundred thousand dollars per prisoner every year eighteen times the average yearly income of an average american household the latest innovation at the base of fiber optic cable to connected to the u.s. mainland for the sake of better internet service for military personnel stationed on cuba will set the taxpayers back another forty million should the congress
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approve it hardly sounds like a necessity if the prison was to be shut down then again there are still those who believe being held in guantanamo is tantamount to staying at a luxury resort in tropical paradise one of those is the house speaker john the mint opponent of get most closer. i don't know that there's a terrorist treated better anywhere in the world than what's happened one time we've spent hundreds of millions of dollars to build a facility that has more comforts than a lot of americans get but those who know what this movie is like back to differ well maybe they should go and try it you know they think it's such a fantastic place they should try twelve years of indefinite detention and see how much they enjoy it and perhaps force feeding and confinement i mean we know that prison conditions in the united states which has the largest prison population in the whole world are far from ideal we see the force feeding going on at guantanamo bay the solitary confinement the the invasive physical searches of prisoners we
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have these journalists you have various other people who are allowed to visit guantanamo bay but they never meet the prisoners they never see the actual conditions that these people are being held and what the prisoners say about why she happens is probably a lot more accurate since they've been subject to this but this wife claims that guantanamo is just sort of a vacation camp perhaps of its exotic location it remains one of the world's most notorious prisons where people are held without trial for years and the conditions are such that inmates choose to go without food for five months rather than accept the conditions they're being held in in cuba r.t. . as an attorney for one of the detainees being force fed out get more he says the protesters are simply trying to be heard by obama who does have the authority to put an end to the prison. if i am a very painful they find it very degrading they find it humiliating. they are on hunger strike in order to express themselves in the only way available to them to
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speak out against very definite detention many of them are being held in solitary confinement is it becoming increasingly difficult for them to communicate with their lawyers do not want to die that's not the reason why they are now under strikers they want to be further they want to speak out against their floors heating and you want to be either tris or release president obama himself as a commander in chief of the united states he has the power to stop it we're hoping that he does very soon. and if you have a chance and you try and stay with us i threw out friday for our special coverage of the mass hunger strike at guantanamo bay now reaching the one hundred and fifty day mark. this is not a surprise to me that we've got problems and one time during a time of budget cuts we spend one hundred fifty billion dollars each year to imprison one hundred sixty six people get more become
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a symbol around the world for america but. it's good to have you with us of friday here on r.t. a latin america has put on a joint show of outrage over what they call political terrorism by washington leaders met after a number of countries refused the president has jet access to their airspace in fact he was forced to land in austria and searched amid rumors that the u.s. whistleblower edward snowden may have been on board a latin american leaders echoed president evo morales while meeting in bolivia venezuela's leader says it shows how an american elite rules over europe the argentinean president suggested it's all that morales plane was diverted by those who usually talk about upholding human rights and ecuador's leaders said the u.s. is trying to colonize the region even more as himself stressed that he will not
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hesitate to shut down the american diplomatic mission in his country. a little but you know we will clearly examine it and if it's necessary we will close the u.s. embassy in bolivia we do not need the american embassy we don't need their cooperation or diplomatic relations with them while they conspire against us from within our country and from the outside my hand won't shake to close the u.s. embassy we've got dignity we've got sovereignty without the us we're better politically and democratically without the i.m.f. and world bank we're better economically so we do not need them but our policy in development specialist powell over a phony he says the latin american countries they were vaulting against what they see as the dominance of one global power. rules of international law have been told to be. shaken. by. hundred eighty nine all i'm.
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told that even among the western powers there's a situation where someone is more equal than and is the possibility of the sovereign state decisions of. the individual. completely. to favor the major interests of the center of the imperial system which is washington in this case. we are closely following the reaction to washington's moves across latin america and monitoring the developments of the case against the whistleblower edward snowden who of course. in the meantime though iceland's. former cia employee given citizenship to save him from his legal. transit lounge. just a couple of minutes rallying for rights scores of american independence demonstrations against the national security agency and the practice of illegal
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searches and seizures the details just around the. us in this case the u.s. and its just about everyone in the world including so-called friends and allies. information dominance and this is being done to find care. if the u.s. monitored its intelligence community. on the rest of us. i'm used to the tundra. my dear. in second grade. i ran away from the boarding school to my friends will be around to the tundra.
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the tundra is just mosquitos i don't know how people can live there to get in there no tv's in the town how can i send my child to boarding school i won't be able to sleep at night after that. they enter a life without knowledge of how to do basic things they don't get that in school. thanks for joining us here on r.t. i'm not far from the world update but for now the ousting of the egyptian president brought mass celebrations to the streets but stability is yet to follow a day after mohamed morsi was toppled the army is widening its crackdown shutting down pro islamist media and arresting those close that opposed president. true as the report from cairo. had the interim president adly mansour who is the head of the constitutional court sworn in yesterday he made some reassuring sounds the
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nation that he would have a as a technocratic. council to be the country he even extended a hand out to mr brotherhood saying they would be included in the map and it's the road map of the future however really we are seeing a seriously divided country we have the supporters of the deposed president who say they are reeling they don't understand what happened they're extremely confused they maintain the president is still the president and they are not backing down on their hands as you know we had jubilant scenes when the president was ousted protestors feel that the army has really listen to their voice and delivered on this i mean while people are worried that the military troops are on the streets right now are looking for power with lots of people discussing whether or not this is a military coup they're waiting to see if the military will deliver on their promise of this just being a transitional period at the moment people are very nervous and worried about the future egypt this huge divisions of clashes still continuing between supporters and
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opponents of the former president we don't know where the president is we've got all these arrests happening every day with t.v. channels being shut down the big bro brotherhoods so it's very very unstable really on edge here in egypt so speaking of the supporters they say they feel out loads and they feel targeted by the military and rights groups are responding to this saying they fear that this could be a crackdown on the mission brotherhood which is something that we've seen in the past under hosni mubarak and former presidents when the group was banned this could push them underground and push them to be more violent if they feel that they really backed into a corner to really we're seeing you know quite a lot of tension here in egypt with expected clashes today. now egypt's foreign minister has assured the u.s. secretary of state john kerry that the overthrow of mohamed morsi was not a military coup but rather the will of the people but war correspondent and columnist eric margolies he doubts that he says the ousting of a legitimate leader has little to do with democratic principles. it is nothing to
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do with democracy you've seen the children were elected. over through. here it's shameful the western leaders are pussyfooting around. it is not this is an old fashioned military coup the army four hundred forty thousand. trains were still a mess the control. of the egypt's police forces who were. going to remove tories for the crush this sense street demonstrations so. it's going to be very difficult for the brotherhood to assert its. just a click away is r.t. dot com you can get much more news updates and loads of cool videos there as well
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as i see what's waiting for you for this hour on the website to read the story of a teenager who was not only incarcerated but also meeting for his online posts to find out which remark. underpayment very hot water. and so it's getting all excited about a new out of this world discovery that of the existence of space wind. as it entails if you're for. now though thousands of rallied across america and abroad against the n.s.a. as massive global surveillance program they were still the fourth movement initially emerged on social networks and it's quickly again support with its calls to respect the fourth amendment of the bill of rights that protect citizens against illegal searches and seizures. visited one such protest in new york. i do apologize that we're having a couple of
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a typo glitches here on c nevertheless mr tung we spoke to him a bit earlier he's an organizer of the rally in new york he says that the current government surveillance is ultimately undermining the legal values of the country it is necessary for surveillance to occur however the problem with the way that it's being done now is that it is only unconstitutional and i would say that many feel that way the fourth amendment says the government can search and seize any information without a warrant and although warrants can be issued through the eyes and to act they're usually done after the fact after the search is done and we've had a almost one hundred percent of. these wiretaps that we hope to be able to make the. programs constitutional by explicitly prohibiting surveillance of americans without warrants backed by probably probable cause so as
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i was saying just a moment ago here when i say that hundreds of rallied across america and abroad against the n.s.a. as a huge global surveillance program the so-called restore the fourth movement to basically a first erupted on social networks now though it's spreading across america and the world portnoy visited one protest in the big apple. on the birthday of america's independence hundreds are taking to the streets in new york city and throughout the country to take part in the restore the force rally this is a campaign that launched last month in the aftermath of edward snowden's revelations about america's spying program a program that has shocked those living in the united states and those around the world another story the war aims to offer to restore the fourth bill of rights which protects us citizens from on the lawful search and seizure is the purpose of this rally organizers say is to spread awareness and spur political action against
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unconstitutional spying by the u.s. government press freedom advocates that we spoke with say that these protests are crucial because mainstream media is not adequately covering the n.s.a. leaks and their importance to everyday citizens i believe that the fourth amendment is being breached by only the government but by the police with search and seizure with the n.s.a. leaks and everything that's been coming out even though they say that there's laws that make everything they do legal it seems like legal gymnastics to me i voted for obama twice i donated twice but i'm tired of the expansion of these programs that seem to violate our rights it really frightened me that the director of national intelligence lied to congress and i haven't really been any repercussions we're living in the midst of the of the largest. you know an unreasonable search and seizure system we've ever seen in the history of mankind is completely suspicion less search and seizure of our information and that people should be infuriated
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that this crowd has marched more than kilometers down manhattan with andy here at federal hall where the first congress passed the bill of rights in addition to this event more than five hundred thousand people have signed an online petition stop watching dr oz demanding full disclosure of all. and i say programs now although this rally may be over those participating in it say that their campaign is just getting. a lot to cover of the let's get into it right now starting with a fractured syrian opposition coalition. trying to elect a new leader of the opposition wants to reassure their backers they can be trusted with weapons all of the syrian army's recent advances to the west though now considering sending even more to the conflict zone despite many fighters being directly linked to al qaeda because lawmakers extremists. and support group where
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police have fired tear gas at hundreds of students on civil servants. most introducing annual assessments for government workers and university professors critics say the reform will cost jobs and jeopardize the independence of universities but the president says no that's not true it will just improve their standards. and south africa's former president nelson mandela is said to be in a critical but stable condition the anti-apartheid hero has been receiving treatment for severe lung infection he's been hospitalized for most for weeks and mandela is said to be facing impending death but doctors are denying earlier reports the ninety four year old is in a vegetative state. and to sweden where a twenty six year old man has been sentenced to six months in prison for aggravated vandalism during the riots in may he's the first person to be convicted following the volunteer rallies orchestrated by immigrants upset about segregation in society
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the trouble was the worst in the country for decades and soffit off the police killed a man who was wielding a machete. so just how does the american spy program spread apparently it's global people of elena's guess on cross-talk will be putting it in the crosshairs and just a moment. as a person who lives in russia i get asked very often why automatic console fat well are americans actually fat or is this just a myth from some hater countries the centers for disease control have declared obesity to be a disease that's a twenty point nine percent of adult americans are obese and that is an all time
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high people blame the sedentary lifestyle as the cause yes if you were out all day at work and then all evening after driving home sure doesn't help your waistline but problems can have multiple causes and the authors of the book rich food poor food believe it could be tied to eight foods that are allowed in america but are banned in many other countries across the globe some of these chemicals and techniques and foods that are banned by some other countries are a less strong which is in many snack products which lower scale worries but kills your body's ability to absorb minerals brought me to flour which saves tons of time for the baker but beats up your internal organs and of course our good old friend synthetic growth hormones which are in livestock which have been linked to cancer big problems really have simple solutions you can run around and exercise as much as you like but if you're being pumped full of these chemicals that are illegal in much of the world well your chances of fitting into that bathing suit are
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ironically slim but that's just my opinion. this is not a surprise to me that we've got problems and one time during a time of budget cuts we spend one hundred and fifty million dollars each year to imprison one hundred sixty six people did most become a symbol around the world for an america that while the rule of law. is a. hello and welcome to cross talk we're all things are considered i'm peter lavelle spies are us and us in this case is the us and it's finds on just about every.
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